Antietam: The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War – April 18, 2013

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Thursday, April 18, 2013 (8 AM to 5 PM)
Led by Dr. Thomas Clemens
Leaving from the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, Gettysburg, PA
Tour Registration Fee:  $155.00

America’s History’s fourth annual tour for the Company of Military Historians will focus on Lee’s first invasion of the North which ended with the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day of the Civil War. You do not need to be a member of the Company to attend this tour. We are fortunate to have engaged Tom Clemens, known as “Mr. Antietam” for his scholarship, preservation efforts and guiding skills, to lead our one-day tour of the battlefield.

While Gettysburg has been termed the Confederacy’s “High Water Mark,” the battle at Antietam Creek is acknowledged by many historians as the South’s real chance to win the war.

This full day tour will include all the major sites you have read about: the North Woods, Miller’s Cornfield, the West Woods, Dunker Church, the Sunken Road or “Bloody Lane” and Burnside’s Bridge.

During our drive from Gettysburg to Sharpsburg, Maryland, Tom will discuss the strategic situation in the east in the early fall of 1862 as well as the major personalities involved in this campaign. We will follow the action as Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker initiates the Union army’s attack from the North Woods. You’ll tramp the Miller Cornfield where Hood’s Texas Brigade won everlasting glory. We’ll also go to the site where Confederate artillery was massed to turn back the Federal attacks which Confederate Col. Stephen D. Lee later termed “Artillery Hell.” You will stand in the Sunken Road, bravely defended by Alabamians, Georgians and North Carolinians against attacks by such famed units as the Irish Brigade. And you’ll walk across Rohrbach’s Bridge, now immortalized as Burnside’s Bridge, where Union IX Corps troops sought to roll up Lee’s right. We’ll also take you to some little known and seldom-seen parts of the battlefield which will give you a truly unique battlefield experience.

This tour will be limited to one bus, so please register early.

Tour Registration Fee $155.00

What’s included: motor coach transportation, lunch, beverage and snack breaks, a map and materials package, all admissions and gratuities, and the services of an experienced tour guide/ historian. Tour goes out rain or shine. We will have a special bus raffle of Tom Clemens’ two volume work: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 for one lucky person to win.


We will leave from the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, 2634 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. More hotel details will be provided soon.

Our Tour Guide/Historian:

Dr. Thomas G. Clemens is editor of The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, the papers of Ezra Carman, Antietam’s first historian. He has published numerous articles on the Maryland campaign, is a licensed battlefield guide at Antietam and is a founder and current president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He recently retired as history professor at Hagerstown Community College. Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield has called him “Mr. Antietam.”

Dr. Bruce M. Venter, president of America’s History, LLC and a Company of Military Historians member will also accompany the tour.

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Register by phone, e-mail or postal mail:

  • Toll-free: 1-855-OUR-HISTORY (687-4478)
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  • Postal mail: America’s History LLC, P. O. Box 1076, Goochland, VA 23063

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